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Party of the Week: Mr. & Mrs. Chris Michele’s Wedding

 

To pick one party out of a weekend filled with memorable events is no easy task. From February 17 – 19, LJ Productions celebrated weddings, birthdays, and school parties. However, as great as these events turned out to be, nothing can compare to a wedding 15 YEARS in the making! We knew Chris & Gina since they were a couple of young “Bucs” walking hand in hand through the halls of Belleville High School. It was a love that even the groom’s father mentioned started long before their high school days. When they first came to our office for a consultation, we let them know how honored we would be to host their event.

 Chris & Gina chose the gorgeous Crystal Plaza in Livingston for their special day.   Their closest friends and relatives shared the love that filled the entire ballroom. Marco and Nella of the Crystal Plaza felt an energy they could not quite put their finger on.  The “love buzz” was in the air and no one could escape it. And with the Concert Package and the team of DJ Jack, MC Jorge, LT Anthony, and VJ Mike Silva making its impact on the guests, everyone knew they were in for an extraordinary night, especially when one of your guests is taken to the ER for a dance related injury.  Fortunately, Gary came back in time to finish off the night with all his friends.

Personalizing each wedding is a big part of the LJ Productions experience; and the Micheles certainly put their stamp on this event.  Chris and Gina had their Bridal party fist pump their way into the main ballroom to Darude’s Sandstorm. The bride and groom’s entrance song was the freestyle hit by Lissette Melendez, “Together Forever”, which could not be more suitable. Throughout the night, Jack had the guests dancing through the decades playing everything from Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline to Mike Macaluso’s FINAL CHAPTER(a crowd favorite).

LJ Productions Entertainment would like to congratulate the Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Gina Michele. We would also like to thank them for allowing us to partake in this memorable event. The only thing greater than celebrating love; is a love is close to home.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas…

On Sunday, the ladies of LJ Productions will take their first trip to Vegas together with Jack & Jorge. We have watched tons of movies about Vegas and heard the crazy stories about it as well. This does give us a little bit of a clue of what is about to happen to us, but I still wonder if Sin City is really as crazy as everyone claims it is. I really hope I do not wake up on the roof of some random hotel but knowing Jack & Jorge who knows what they have up their sleeves for their Vegas virgins.  Of course, we will be working while in Vegas but who says the girls can’t go out and play too?  I know I am definitely looking forward to seeing the strip, dancing at the clubs, and of course watching the Giants win the Superbowl.  One of my plans for Vegas is to capture some of the strips madness with Jacks fancy Canon DSLR that I dream about on a regular occasion.  I have two reasons for doing this; 1. I would love to start my own photography business that focuses on families, couples, and babies; and 2. I think candid photography captures a better story than any other method out there.  Vegas is full of characters and I cannot wait to meet & photograph as many as I can.

While the girls work on their usual office duties the boys will be attending the seminars provided by Mobile Beat.  Looks like fun huh?  Well, if your a DJ this is the place to be especially if you want to check out all the new equipment out there.

Well, pray for us girls and cheers to a good time in Vegas.  I will be blogging and tweeting on behalf of LJ Productions throughout the trip. Make sure you keep up with all the action here at our blog, facebook, and twitter!

Feel free to comment below or on our Facebook page with any pointers for the ladies.  We’d love your suggestions on where to go, what to see, and who to meet! And if you need an entertainment company that will rock your world, give us a call (973.751.8850).

Viva Las Vegas

<3 Mariza

Bridal Expos: Why they’re worth it.

As a bride living in a state where I am unfamiliar with wedding vendors I have feared attending Bridal Expos.  There are a variety of reasons many brides do not attend these expos; including mass emails that flood your inbox, mailings, unsolicited phone calls, and the awkwardness of some vendors “sales” pitches.  My fiance and I have attended two showcases since our engagement and here are some pointers on how to make these expos work for you.  First off, create a wedding email address (ex: goingtothechapel@gmail.com) and never give any vendor your personal email address unless they have been booked.  This will allow you to keep your personal email after getting hitched without having to go to those pesky unsubscribe sites.  Another pointer, be wary of those phone calls after the show claiming that you have won wedding bands or other items, of course…after you attend a 1 hour showcase of sorts that attempts to sell you any plethora of products.

Here are the reasons you should attend Bridal Expos, every chance you can:

1. Venues:  These expos are held in specific locations for a reason.  You may have never thought to hold your reception at PNC Bank Arts Center but low and behold they have a beautiful 6,000 square foot room that holds up to 500 guests.  This room is incredible and personally, I would have never even known about it had I not attended a Bridal Expo this past summer.

2. Vendors, Vendors, and more Vendors: Expos work best for Brides who have just begun planning their special day.  These vendors can tip you towards what colors or themes you would like to use or provide you with any other advice you may need.  My fiance and I discovered a perfect venue location for our wedding through a vendor from an expo.  At times a google search or wedding site doesn’t provide the help you’ll need to plan every aspect.  These vendors practically eat, breathe, and sleep weddings and they can and will point you in the right direction.  It is important to use your time wisely with vendors and make sure you are prepared with questions.  This is your time to have your picking of who you are willing to invest in to make your day stand out from all others.

3. Prizes:  Recently, LJ Productions was at a bridal expo at the Landmark in East Rutherford, NJ and they gave away a free Bachlorette party and honeymoon!  Remember when I told you to be wary of prizes, I was detailing those given out after the expo via another “vendor”.  The prizes Brides win during the expos are incredible and could help a bride and groom planning a wedding on a tight budget.

4. Discounts/Freebies:  Many vendors will offer a discounts/freebies of sorts for booking them through these expos.  Some will give a 15-20% discount or some will throw in some extras (ex: free photo-booth/engagement sessions/lighting).  With the economic crisis who doesn’t want or even need some extras?  Another pointer, attend these events as early as possible in your planning process.  Booking a vendor sooner than later can guarantee cheaper prices as they tend to increase their prices on a yearly basis.

5. Free food:  Who doesn’t like free food?  The food will be provided either by the venue or an outside catering company.  If you are unsure of whether or not you would like to book the venue/caterer, you could always use the expos menu as a sample menu for your own wedding day.  Always use these expos as an inspiration and write everything down that you like or do not like.  You can always use them in the future when planning or discussing details with your vendors/planners.

6. Networking:  By networking I don’t mean with vendors only.  Get courageous and talk with other brides about when they’re wedding is, what they’re themes/colors are, and anything else that could help you.  Remember these expos are for you and its entirely up to you how you plan to use the information given to you.

{mariza}

LJ Productions Bridal Expo Calendar

LJ Productions is proud to present our Bridal Expo Calendar for January 2012.  Look for us!

1.5.12     7pm-10pm        The Landmark

1.8.12     1pm-5pm          PNC Bank Arts Center

1.15.12   1pm-4pm          Dolce

1.17.12   7pm-10pm       Maritime Parc

1.22.12   1pm-4pm          The Imperia

1.25.12   7pm-10pm        The Atrium

1.28.12   11am-4pm        Westchester County Center

1.29.12    1pm-4pm         Avenue

Click the links for venue addresses and other information.  Feel free to contact our office for more information or to book a consultation with an event specialist at 973.751.8850! We look forward to meeting all the beautiful brides.

Happy New Year and Happy planning!

2011 Party of the Year

 

LJ Productions proudly announces 2011 Party of the YEAR!

Paige’s Tiffany’s Sweet 16

There is no denying this party was lavish, exciting, and full of surprises.  When Paige booked her Sweet 16 with LJ Productions she detailed the importance of having a high-energy party.  She knew her Sweet 16 would be one for the books and would rival any of those Super Sweet 16’s you’ve seen on MTV.  Her theme was Tiffany & Co. and her spectacular dress fit her theme flawlessly, cascading in Tiffany blue with a diamond encrusted top.

The beautiful Lakeside Manor was the perfect venue to hold such a spectacular event.  Paige’s Sweet 16 included a concert package complete with motivators, a photobooth, intelligent lighting, DVD montage, monogram, and more!  Paige requested a club atmosphere with her music selection including club hits, remixes, mashups, and special guest DJ Lil Cee from 92.3.  Lil Cee played a club set mixing classic dance mixes with todays biggest hits keeping everyone on the dance floor.

Paige had a few surprises for her guests which included giving away three 30+ inch flat screen TV’s to guests selected at random from a hat.  Her parents on the other hand had a totally different surprise for their beautiful birthday girl.  Their surprise gift included a brand new black Bentley convertible that arrived during the party and was revealed to Paige and her guests.  The Bentley was an incredible ending to a superb Sweet 16!  LJ Productions would like to thank Paige’s family for allowing our staff to host their daughters Sweet 16 and look forward to working with them again soon.

Another successful event and year for LJ Productions has gone by and we look forward to an amazing 2012.  Thank you to all of our clients for giving us the pleasure of hosting their beautiful events all year round.  Keep partying hard and perhaps your event will be the 2012 Party of the Year!

Looking for a reputable and reliable DJ Entertainment company to host your next event?  Call LJ Productions @ 973-751-8850 or visit our website.

 

Party of the week: Megan’s Phantom of the Opera Sweet 16

Megan's Phantom of the Opera Sweet 16

 

On Saturday, December 10th, 2011 LJ Productions had the honor of hosting Megan’s Phantom of the Opera Sweet 16 at Portobello’s in Oakland, New Jersey.  As the official LJ blogger, I had the pleasure of discussing this event with DJ Fernando and his assistants DJ Bryan and DJ Chris.  After our conversation, I have decided to make Megan’s Sweet 16 LJ’s party of the week.  On a weekly basis, we will be highlighting one of our successful events from the past weekend and discussing what made this party a hit.

On Monday, Megans’ aunt Lisa called LJ’s office raving about what an amazing job our team did at her niece’s party.  This enticed me to call the DJ’s and discuss specifics about the party.  What made this party stand out from many of the other events was the intricate performance by the birthday girl and her court.  The guest of honor, Megan,  entered the venue to a song from The Phantom of the Opera, dressed in a cape and mask to match the theme of her party.  This shortly erupted into a quick paced dance number involving her entire court.  DJ Bryan and DJ Chris described this as one of the aspects of this party that set it apart from other events; from the professional choreography to the perfection in which they executed the dance, stirred up the crowd and created the high energy atmosphere for this party.

The concert package, which includes intelligent lighting and 2 plasma screen TV’s displaying candid photos, set the bar and took this event to a whole other level.  Bryan, who was in charge of the photo-booth all night, said “if they weren’t on the dance floor they were in the photo-booth”.  The added feature of text messaging was also a total hit with the guests.  We must give credit where it is due, DJ Fernando did an outstanding job with his music selection keeping the dance floor packed all night.  He had guests coming up to his booth throughout the party to telling him what an amazing job he was doing.  Fernando played all the music requested by the birthday girl including; Top 40 hits, hip-hop, dance, and reggaeton.

At this event, LJ’s newcomer DJ Chris, found this event to be an amazing opportunity for him to learn about the entertainment business.  Chris aspires to become a full-time DJ with LJ Productions and will continue to improve his skills, learn set-ups, and the importance of music selection.  Chris has a promising future at LJ and will continue to work hard to climb to the top.

Need a professional entertainer who will have your guests raving about your party for years to come? Call LJ Productions at 973-751-8850 or check out our website at LJ Productions. Like us on facebook & follow us on twitter to keep up with all the action!

 

♥mariza

Jack Bermeo: DJ of The Year

Belleville, NJ, August 24, 2011 – Jack Bermeo, owner and operator of LJ Productions / Entertainment LLC was recently crowned as “DJ Of The Year” by DJ TIMES, the premier magazine for DJs in the United States, at their annual DJ Expo held in Atlantic City, NJ.  The competition challenged 11 DJs from across the nation to showcase a routine or game they created to an audience and panel of judges, all comprised of fellow mobile entertainers.

A Belleville native, Jack Bermeo is an entrepreneur and entertainer at heart; therefore he jumped at the chance to participate in the time-honored “DJ Of The Year” competition at this year’s DJ Times DJ Expo. After months of grueling planning, production, and practice, he performed his signature dance in front of over 5,000 attendees at the Casbah Nightclub located at the Trump Taj Mahal. The dance, based on Pitbull’s hit song,  “I Know You Want Me”, incorporates easy “follow-me” moves that can be performed by anyone with a little pep in their step. The performance showcased Jack’s ability to captivate and motivate a crowd.

Whether at a wedding, mitzvah celebration or corporate event, this dance is a crowd mover. This was never more apparent than during this year’s competition. Jack’s custom dance went up against 10 other seasoned professionals, all whom developed their own signature styles and dances. However, Mr. Bermeo’s performance captivated the crowd and judges alike, all whom unanimously crowned Jack Bermeo as the “DJ Of The Year”.

“The honor that comes with being named DJ Times DJ Of The Year is indescribable. There are dozens of DJs who can have this honor bestowed upon them, and I am beyond ecstatic to have been given this award. This will allow me to showcase my talents and my passion for this industry to a new audience and will most certainly help LJ Productions reach the next level,” said Jack Bermeo.

Jack Bermeo has owned and operated LJ Productions / Entertainment LLC for over 10 years. He was introduced to the mobile DJ industry by a local teacher in 1994 and decided to set out on his own in 2001. For the last 11 years, Jack and his team has solidified their stances as one of the leaders of the mobile DJ industry in the metro NYC area. Jack is not your 80’s MC who resorts to outdated techniques and loud overpowering dialogue; rather he embraces the crowd as if they were part of his entourage. Thus, this allows Jack to provide his audience with a pleasant and entertaining MC experience.

Jack Bermeo lives and breathes music, as it is apparent when you visit his office in Belleville, NJ. His inspiration ranges from Michael Jackson to Rebecca Black! He draws his satisfaction from witnessing his clients enjoy themselves each and every weekend.  He and his team provide DJ, lighting, and video services for thousands of satisfied clients all over the Tri-state area. His work has lead him to host parties for Donald Trump, Chelsea Handler, NY Jets owner Mike Tannenbaum, NJ Devils Player Ken Danyeko, rappers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, as well as radio personalities Lil Cee, Camilo, DJ Reymo, & DJ Toro.

 

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LJ Productions Official Blog

Welcome to LJ Productions Entertainment official Blog!

LJ Productions Entertainment is a full-time event production/entertainment company that has built an exclusive reputation for excellence in events for well over 14 years.  We believe that your event should be personalized and created with the class and experience only a true professional can offer.

This blog will bring you directly into the action that is LJ Productions.  Each post will bring you plenty of event planning tips, wedding ceremony/reception ideas, music tips, hot new songs, and MORE!  Our multi-talented DJ’s will be video blogging from events and our studio to bring you music mixes, mixing tips, and how to get your crowd going.  This blog will keep you in the loop on where to find LJ Productions on a regular basis; whether at a Wedding, Birthday, Corporate event, or your local club/lounge.

 

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